Funding for five Donegal outdoor Recreation Projects

first_imgDonegal Minister McHugh has said almost €75,000 funding for five outdoor recreation projects will be a real boost for local communities, tourism and leisure in the county.“The €74,728 funding will help to improve trails for walking and leisure from the Gaeltacht, to the most northerly point in Ireland to our famous sea cliffs and glorious beaches,” Minister McHugh said.“Teastaíonn uainn go bhfeicfidh go leor daoine an tairbhe a bhaineann le bheith ag dul amach agus le cosáin níos fearr, le comharthaí agus níos mó faisnéis mar chuid de sin, a chinntiú go bhfuil a fhios ag daoine cad atá ar leac an dorais agus cuairteoirí a mhealladh chuig limistéir nua. “The money will see better signage, information points, better paths for walkers and hikers and help to bring more people to new areas and also encourage people to see what’s on their doorstep.“These projects are being funded with the aim of getting many people out and about and to take what they can from some of the best scenery and landscapes in the country.”The funding is being provided as part of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme in the Department of Rural and Community Development.The projects being supported in Donegal are:– Bealacht na Gaeltachta – Improving trails with way markers, signage and trail furniture in Gaoth Dobhair, Na Rossan, Baile na Finne, Gleann Cholm Cille. – Donegal Visitor Monitoring Project – Effective visitor monitoring at signature points along the Wild Atlantic Way on Sliabh Liag, Fanad Head and Malin Head.– Scenic Loop Walk along Leghowney & Meenadreen with path brought up to higher standard and compliance with Sports Ireland Trails.– Lurgabrack Nature Walk in Dunfanaghy will be improved with way markers, trail head signage, fencing and gating and registered with Sports Ireland trails.– Murder Hole Beach Trail will get a safe access beach trail – 1.5km long, 3m wide grassland trail, with new information and trail head boards and way markers.Minister McHugh added: “The funding for this is coming thanks to Project Ireland 2040’s Rural Regeneration Development. Credit to Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring for continuing to push and promote the support for this kind of recreation.” Funding for five Donegal outdoor Recreation Projects was last modified: November 29th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more



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Touring Joburg’s landmarks and icons

first_img17 May 2011Johannesburg’s outgoing mayor, Amos Masondo, led a tour to many of the city’s more striking landmarks over the weekend, stopping at places of historic, cultural and political significance.Travelling in busses belonging to Reya Vaya, the city’s Bus Rapid Transit System, Masondo was accompanied by several mayoral committee members, councillors and city officials.“We have organised this tour to re-visit of some of major developments in the city and also to commemorate our history,” said Masondo. “I am glad that working together, we have been able to built a city that works, with a booming economy not only in South Africa but in the whole Africa.”The tour had set off from the Joburg Theatre Complex in Braamfontein; the first stop was Constitution Hill.A walk around this historic establishment brought back memories for those who were once inmates. The mayor and his team went on an orientation, which included visiting the holding cells, where Nelson Mandela was once detained, among many political prisoners.They also visited the Constitutional Court, where people involved in the struggle shared their stories and experiences. For Mali Mokwena, a proportional representation councillor, the memories were as vivid as if they happened yesterday.“This was never a pleasant place for anyone to live. I spent my Christmas Day here in 1976. It is one of the days that I will never forget in my entire life.”With everyone listening attentively, Mokwena urged the officials and members of the media to respect democracy: “It never came cheap, and blood was shed.”“We were subjected to inhumane and unhygienic living conditions, just because of the colour of our skin,” said an emotional Mokwena, wiping away tears.From Constitutional Hill, the group went on a drive through the city’s dynamic and vibrant cultural hub, the Newton precinct. The convoy of Rea Vaya buses drove through the Kazerne Marshalling Yards, into Dolly Rathebe and Ntemi Piliso streets.It also drove past some of the area’s iconic buildings, such as the Market Theatre, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Museum Africa and Chancellor House, where Mandela and Oliver Tambo once had their law offices.Masondo said Newton was one of the vibrant business hub in the City: “It’s where business deals are negotiated and signed,” he said.Out of the city, the convoy went southwest, past Golf Reef City, FNB Stadium, the Pennyville Housing Project in New Canada, Orlando Stadium, Dorothy Nyembe Park and Thokoza Park.Orlando West ParkThe convoy stopped at Orlando West Park, just behind the Orlando Stadium. The park opened in 2009. Officials strolled around stretching their legs after the bus drive and admiring the state-of-the-art facilities. They also inspected the giant screen mounted at the facility.The park is fitted with a big screen TV, netball and basketball court, professional football pitch and one-kilometre jogging track. There is a walking ramp, a wheelchair friendly maze, flowerbeds, a braai area and a sprawling green lawn. It also has a permanent irrigation system and is fully fenced, with 24-hour security.Next stop was the Hector Pieterson Memorial, in Orlando. Here, Masondo laid a wreath in memory of the youth of 1976 who lost their lives during the Soweto Uprising.“It is only right to remember and honour those who selflessly gave their lives to the betterment of others,” he said, encouraging young people to value the role that the youth of 1976 had played in changing South Africa’s political landscape.The square, which is visited by tourists and locals alike, is a booming business hub for local hawkers.Mounted at the heart of the memorial is the iconic photograph of the slain 13-year old Hector, being carried by a friend while his grieving sister runs alongside.Soweto TheatreThe Soweto Theatre, which is taking shape, impressed Masondo and his officials: “This shows that we mean every word when we talk about building a world-class Africa city,” he said at the construction site.He said the theatre would play a huge role in developing young talent in Soweto and neighbouring areas. “It is indeed fulfilling to witness developments of this nature. Our children will no longer have to travel long distances to develop their talents.”The theatre is expected to be completed in October. Giving details about the venue, Alan Dinnie, the manager of property development in the City, said once finished, it would have three auditoriums – one with 420 seats, one 120 and the other with 80 seats.Its design would make it one of the striking, iconic buildings of Soweto.Elaborating on other projects, he said 3 000 houses would be built on a piece of vacant land next to the theatre as soon as the venue was completed. A shopping centre, 20 000m2 in size, would also be built.He added that talks were ongoing with City Parks about the development of a new park in the area.Commenting the work in progress, Masondo said the city’s commitment to building better communities was a reality. “These projects show that we are not just preaching developments but we are living them.”Walter Sisulu SquareFrom there it was off to Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, where Masondo spoke about the importance of the Freedom Charter. He also emphasised the local government elections, taking place on 18 May.“It does not matter what party you are voting for, just go out and exercise your right, because it is stated in the Freedom Charter that the people shall govern.”Another development visited by the group was the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex, in central-western Jabavu. With 17 tennis courts, the venue hosted a successful 2011 Soweto Open.It also provides training for aspiring tennis players with resident coaches employed by Tennis South Africa. City officials enthusiastically went from one tennis court to another, pleased with the quality of equipment they saw.Liliesleaf FarmIt was then up north, where the tour ended at Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia.Liliesleaf Farm, owned by the South African Communist Party, was a refuge for leaders of the liberation struggle in the early 1960s. It was a place of debate and dialogue on political and military policy and strategy.The farmhouse and the outbuildings, where Nelson Mandela lived for a time and the Rivonia trialists were arrested in 1963, have been restored, and opened as a museum in June 2008.The group walked around the historic site, reading plaques about the Rivonia Trial and the formation of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the former military wing of the ANC.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more



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Africa through African eyes

first_imgThe twins and Mpantsha (above), friends since early childhood, started the I see a different you blog in late 2011Twin brothers, Justice and Innocent Mukheli, and Vuyo Mpantsha, want to show Africa through the eyes of the people who live on the continent.As African youth they realised that Africa is not portrayed as Africans see it. Often the stories in international media are negative and told by those who don’t live in Africa. The stories, says the trio, from Pimville, Soweto, are “warped”.Now, in a riveting photoblog, these Play Your Part Ambassadors tell their, and other Africans’, stories.The twins and Mpantsha, friends since early childhood, started the I see a different you blog in late 2011. The blog pays homage to place, family and style, and features images shot in locations around Johannesburg, including Soweto, Yeoville, Melville and Braamfontein.The blog includes everyday scenes from the other African countries they visit; the friends want the world to see that there is more to all of Africa, upending the many unchallenged perceptions of a poverty-stricken, strife-torn continent.“When we started we were also inspired by the idea of changing the general perception of these places, which we know is not a true reflection. We are able to see them differently. And when we look at two sides of the story we choose to look at the positive and try to find beauty in that place,” said Justice.The Mukheli twins, who work in advertising, take the photographs and maintain the blog in their spare time. They say they need an outlet for their creativity.“Because we are artists, the work we do at work is not enough. We need something to clear our heads,” says Justice.The Mukheli twins (right), who work in advertising, take the photographs and maintain the blog in their spare timeDOCUMENTING LIFEThe images on I see a different you are shot in documentary style; portraying life as it is rather than the poised and posed pictures in advertising. The friends take photos of places they have been to or of subjects they have a connection with. Some photos also recreate scenes that shaped the friends’ lives; a first kiss, learning to ride a bike.Much of the imagery is of family, showing their fathers and grandfathers dressed formally in suits and buffed brogues.“We wanted to document our childhood and to show our family album to the world. The blog is about recreating moments we loved in our childhood,” says Justice, adding, “We are literally trying to walk in our fathers’ shoes.”I see a different you is a testament to homegrown style and family and firmly grounded in a fiercely independent African identity.{loadposition ambas-menu}last_img read more



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Nationals Sign Rafael Soriano a Powerful Closer

Rafael Soriano, one of the most versatile closers in baseball, made the young and dangerous Washington Nationals more lethal by signing a two-year, $28-million contract with the reigning NL East champion.The agreement is pending a physical, according to the Associated Press.A source told AP that the deal contains a $14 million option for 2015 that would become guaranteed if Soriano reaches 120 games finished over 2013 and 2014 combined.Soriano, who turned 33 in December, had 42 saves last year with the New York Yankees, stepping in for injured Mariano Rivera. Soriano would join a Nationals bullpen that already includes Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard, who were among a group that closed games for them last season. Yahoo Sports first reported the Soriano-Nationals negotiations.A one-time All-Star, Soriano had a 2.26 ERA for the Yankees. In October, he declined a $14 million option for 2013, taking a $1.5 million buyout from the Yankees to enter free agency.As compensation for Soriano, Washington will lose its first-round draft pick in this year’s amateur draft, while the Yankees will gain an extra pick after the first round.The righty signed his old contract with the Yankees after saving a career-high 45 games for Tampa Bay in 2010. Soriano began his tenure in New York as a setup man, and ended up getting the bulk of his work in the seventh inning in 2011. But he wound up taking over as the closer after Rivera was hurt. read more



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Circulate San Diegos new report on aging in San Diego

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Circulate San Diego’s new report on aging in San Diego Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 15, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Circulate San Diego and The San Diego Foundation recently released an Age-Friendly Communities Report with La Mesa and Supporters.The report details how San Diego jurisdictions can adapt to the growing senior population by becoming Age-Friendly Communities. The report also includes research on San Diego’s senior population and best practices that San Diego cities can adopt.To read the full report click here. center_img May 15, 2019 Updated: 8:36 AM KUSI Newsroom last_img read more



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This 1939 Bentley Corniche is brand new and absolutely gorgeous



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The joy of freedom

first_imgDuring the event, the ambience gave a nostalgic patriotic feel to the whole place. The stalls were set up selling tiranga flags, t-shirts, bangles, badges, kites, candy floss etc. 100 kites on a single string high flew high at all three Dilli Haats. Jashn-e-Azaadi at Dilli Haat had a lineup of cultural programmes throughout the event. A piano artiste played his tunes at public demand at the venue. There was a flag hoisting ceremony at 10 am on 14 August. Dilli Haats had folk music and dances each evening at 6.30 onwards from 13 to 15 August. All the Dilli Haats illuminated during the Jashn-e-Azaadi celebrations and gave the visitors a chance to shop for the tricolors merchandise, khadi products etc.last_img



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